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Plain Military started after Mick and I had been to a small military open day, held at the local barracks in Tidworth. It was whilst we were walking around the many vehicles that I noticed some of the pictures on the vehicle boards were old and had seen better days. It was during a conversation with a nearby squaddie (a CHARRV driver) that I made a big mistake: I happened to mention the pictures, he replied that he had sat up most of the previous night trying to find something suitable. So an apology was needed and I beat a hasty retreat.

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The CHARRV that we took from the show

We continued on with our walk around and found an AS90 hiding in the corner of a field. After about ten minutes of beating kids off it, Mick managed to get some pictures while I talked to the men that were sat around it. I told them that we were going to start up a wesite about the military on the SPTA, the feed back was unexpected. They were all very receptive to the idea as they wanted to see what they looked like at work. It was at that point I realised that we might be onto something.

The AS90 from the show

The following day was spent going through all my photo albums getting together as many pictures as possible. That was the easy part, the hard part came later.. After countless cups of coffee and a lot of bad language I started to build "Plain Military". Hours turned into days, days turned into weeks and nothing seemed to be happening. A friend visited and told me that the best way to build a website was to publish what I had already done, so like a fool I did. The website looked crap, a handful of blurry photos and some dodgey text was all I had. Drastic measures were needed.

A quick rally from the lads and we were off for a day on the ranges. Armed with our camara's, we were on a mission to get as many photo's as possible. We photographed anything that moved!
 
Our big break came when the Artillery based at Larkhill held their annual fire-power demonstration. The place was packed to the rafters with military vehicles; old ones, new ones, it was a photographers dream. Where else can you go and see such vehicles like AS90s, Challenger 2s and MLRS battering the hell out of the impact zone. This is truly a show not to be missed, my ears were still ringing after two days.

MLRS at the Larkhill Show

So thats basically how it happened. Plain Military has grown into a reasonably sized website with the main aim  to show you just some of the military vehicles that use the ranges on a daily basis.

 

We understand that running an exercise must be a pain in the neck for any Commander but to have the added worry of running over some one taking pictures just adds to their troubles! That is why when we go out every safety precaution is taken.

 

All the photos on plain military are taken with full permission from the Commanding Officers.

 

At this moment in time we are making plans to add more link sites to the website mainly aimed at the model-making fraternity. So if you're into models, then watch this space. We are always adding pictures to the site so there is always something different to look at.

 

It has been said that we don't have a lot of text on this site; The reason for this is that the website was designed solely as a pictorial representation of the British Army on Salisbury Plain. We also try not to give away too much information on vehicle movements and places, for security purposes.

 

So from all of us at Plain Military, we hope you enjoy what you see and you come back soon.

 

Thank you.

 

Tony